Meet our team
Sara Nightingale, Program Coordinator
Sara Nightingale has been Program Coordinator with TIES since August 2017. Prior to her employment at TIES, Sara worked on the Child/Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit with St. Luke’s Hospital as a Youth Counselor for almost 2 years. Sara has a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from The University of Iowa. Sara currently holds a temporary Mental Health Counselor license with the State of Iowa. Throughout her career, Sara has worked primarily in the non-profit field. She has been involved in mentoring programs both as an employee and mentor, worked in child serving agencies, and organizations helping both adults and youth with mental health diagnoses. Sara has lived in Iowa for most of her life but has also lived in Chicago, IL and Massachusetts. She enjoys learning and teaching new things, reading, being outside (but only when it is warm), traveling, and visiting friends and family all over the world.
Kayla Lynn, Classroom Coordinator
Kayla has been a Classroom Coordinator with TIES since January 2019. Prior to her employment at TIES Kayla received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa where she also completed a minor in Political Science and an Early Childhood Education Endorsement. In her free time, Kayla enjoys creating DIY furniture and loves a good weekend project with her husband and toddler. Kayla has lived in Eastern Iowa her entire life, and thrives in the colder months of the year: Fall and Winter are her favorite! Kayla enjoys traveling all around the world to visit family and friends. She is also a life learner, and spends most mornings listening to an educational podcast, practicing yoga or reading a book on the porch.
Hillary Hunter, Case Manager
Hillary Hunter is a Case Manager with TIES Program at St. Luke’s—Unity Point Health. She has been employed with TIES since November 2016. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Family Services from the University of Northern Iowa. For the past 9 years she has worked with youth and adolescents in Residential Treatment facilities, PMIC (Pediatric Mental Institute for Children) and has been a BHIS (Behavioral Health Intervention Services) Caseworker. Through her experience she has been able to guide and support families with tools and interventions to know how to best support their children who have been diagnosed with various mental health diagnosis’ as well as how to be successful to the point of graduating from support services. While working in the residential and mental health facilities she was able to help children and adolescents by educating and supporting by helping know how to manage their emotions, understand their barriers and how to achieve success through overcoming some of the barriers that they faced. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and toddler. Together and or with friends, they enjoy traveling around the world, being outdoors, running, cooking and DIY projects.